Bangladesh can follow Korea’s power expertise

Bangladesh can follow Korea’s power expertise
Staff Reporter

DHAKA, JAN 22:  Experts in power generation and distribution industry said, Bangladesh can take advantage of Korea’s experience to improve electricity generation and distribution system by reducing system loss. Both Bangladesh and Korea started power-sector development almost at the same time but the latter have gone far ahead while Bangladesh remained dwindled, they said in a seminar on Korea-Bangladesh Technical Seminar in the capital on Sunday.

Speaking as chief gust, Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) ASM Alamgir Kabir said the government has planned for 14,000 MW electricity generation target by next five years.

“To achieve this target, Bangladesh will need technical assistance and Korean expertise will be very helpful,” he said.

Mr Kabir said the government has already signed 33 contracts for 3,000 MW electricity generation and planning to sign another 18-contracts for additional generation of 4,000 MW electricity within next 6-months.

He gave importance to Korean experts, whose expertise would help Bangladesh to attain greater productivity and efficiency in distribution system. Md Jamal Ullah, Managing Director of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) said the government has planned to generate 7,000 MW electricity very soon.

In order to proper utilization of this generated power, Bangladesh need to build an efficient distribution where Korean experts can be very important, he said.

Bhuyan Shafiqul Islam, Chairman of Rural Electrification Board (REB) in his address said, Korea has reduced its system loss up to 4.0 per cent.

As we are looking for self-sufficiency by the year 2015, Bangladeshi experts can learn from their Korean counterparts.

The seminar was also addressed by Korean Ambassador in Bangladesh Taiyoung Cho, Kazi Kamal Uddin Ekram, Managing Director of KNASH Engineers Ltd, Vice President of KEPCO and the leader of Korean delegation Jung Keun Park.


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